Yesterday, Darren Suarez, director of government affairs for The Business Council, testified in support of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation LNG regulation at a hearing in Albany.
The Business Council supports LNG regulation, or Part 570, because its adoption will allow New York manufacturers and operators of heavy-duty vehicles to remain competitive with business owners and operators in other states with access to LNG facilities. Several fleet operators have expressed interest in using LNG to reduce their transportation cost and New York businesses have expressed interest in developing LNG facilities, including fueling facilities for heavy-duty trucks.
The Council also notes that the regulation embraces an established and tested national accepted protocol for the design of LNG facilities, as detailed in the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) codes.
Manhattan Chamber of Commerce Nancy Ploeger Applauds Move
Crain’s reporter Ali Elkin reports on four bills signed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg that “are designed to help businesses recover from Superstorm Sandy, reduce red tape, and land city contracts for firms owned by women or minorities. Another bill raises taxes in seven business districts.”
he owners of certain buildings damaged by the storm will have inspection fees waived as they rebuild. Structures that were designated by the Buildings Department to have been seriously damaged in the storm (generally with a red placard) will eligible for waived application, permit and inspection fees for alteration, demolition and construction, plumbing and electrical work, as well as other types of associated work. Fee waivers will be available for plumbing and construction work in buildings with less severe damage. The waiver is in effect until October for construction and until April for plumbing and electrical work.
Manhattan Chamber of Commerce President Nancy Ploeger cheered the measure.
“Anything that works in favor of reducing paperwork and decreasing inspections (not related to immediate health) is a positive for both the businesses and the communities,” Ms. Ploeger said via email.
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